Get New Zealand Basketball the funding it deserves!

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Re: An Open Letter to the Minister of Sport & Recreation, Hon Grant Robertson

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Over the last week Kiwi basketball fans have had the feeling of déjà vu, and it is more than a feeling, it is sadly reality for the basketball community of being ignored multiple times over.  While, as supporters of the positive role of sport in the community, we are pleased Rugby, Netball, Football & Rugby League have received government support, we strongly believe there is absolutely no valid rationale for why Basketball has not received similar support. There is seemingly an historic and in-built institutional bias against funding basketball which is out of date and doesn’t reflect where the sport now sits within our community.

We have considered the rationale for funding the Sals NBL against the criteria for funding implied in the media releases and we are confident, on review, that you will agree funding for basketball is well deserved. We have largely compared basketball with rugby and netball given the strong similarities in that they are all National Leagues and have also been operating to similar timeframes in the response to Covid-19. We have also focused on the Men’s Sal’s NBL as that is what we are directly involved with but we are certain the same arguments apply equally to the Women’s Sal’s NBL. We respect the Minister’s passionate support for sport and believe if enough of the basketball community collectivise to voice our opinion he can be convinced to re-consider the decision. Hence we encourage you all to sign this petition and / or write a letter to the Minister.

For the full open letter, please click on the link below:

https://canterburyrams.basketball/get-new-zealand-basketball-the-funding-it-deserves-an-open-letter-to-the-minister/

Nāku noa, nā

Canterbury Rams, on behalf of all passionate Kiwi Hoops Fans